New Playground!

Today the new playground equipment was installed.  The children LOVED the new equipment.  Never forget that although a playground is fun, fun, fun, it is also vital for development of young children.

The benefits of unstructured outdoor play as discussed in The Developmental Benefits of Playgrounds are the abilities to make decisions, work and play within a community of others, and to try out ideas and explore the play environment.  Also highlighted are the benefits of pretend play, which has recently been shown to further the development of brain synaptic connections.

Our new playground will instill imaginative pretend play with our School Bus and Fire Truck.  Our kiddos will build strong muscles and improve large motor skills with our new Spring Rider and Funnel Ball, while they learn to work together.  Of course, the classic slide and climbing structures build little muscles and help children control the movement of their arms and legs.  

Please remember, when your children play after school:  Remind them to follow playground rules, such as not spinning in the swings, no standing on the spring rider or seats of play equipment.  Remember our playground is designed for children preschool age through second grade only.   Children must be supervised at all times.  

On a side note, our new shade structure will be installed in about 6- 8 weeks!

The Light of Christmas

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I can truly say that our families are spreading the light of Christmas.

Each year, our preschool provides food and Christmas presents to local families at elementary schools in Tucson who need a little extra help.  

This week, our donation boxes were filled to the brim with food for these local families with children.  We were able to donate 8 huge boxes of food.  

The organizer of this event at St. Paul’s church wanted me to tell everyone how this was an answer she was looking for.  Thank you all for sharing your heart and spreading the light this Christmas season.

The Good, and not so good

The good:    We had such a fun week!  The visit from the Reid Park Zoo was great and the zoo staff was so impressed by how well behaved our kiddos were!  

 

The fall fundraiser gift items arrived and they turned out so nice.  Everyone should have received all their items.  If you did not, let us know.  The Owls made a special trivet which they gave to Mrs. Dawson for her birthday. 

img_1167The good:  We have amazing, generous families. Thank you all so much for supporting our Thanksgiving Food Drive.  For those who did not have a chance to participate, we will continue collecting food for our Christmas Food Drive. 

Not so good:  We used a new photographer this year. Proofs were to arrive last week, but they did not.  We have been advised they should be here on Tuesday.  Once you receive proof, you can then choose what, if any prints, you wish to order.  Thanks for your patience. Sometimes change is good and sometimes…….oh well.  Hopefully the actual pictures are good. Our spring pictures will be taken outside in a more casual setting, by a different photographer!

Fall is busy and fun!

October has come and gone and what a great month it was.  The kiddos had a wonderful time with their Fall Festival and Halloween celebrations and Halloween Daze at the church served over 500 people from the preschool, church and community.

img_1110We also had a great Usborne book fair.  We were able to provide the teachers with over 400 in new books!

Now that November has arrived, here are some dates to remember.

7-17th – Thanksgiving Food drive

Although we strive to do good works every day of the year, the holidays are a wonderful time to share with your children the joy of giving back.  We will once again be collecting non-perishable food for Thanksgiving (& Christmas).

10th – Photo proofs should arrive

15th – Visit from the Zoo – Don’t forget to wear your shirts!

             Original Works products due to arrive!

23rd – Thanksgiving Feast during our school day.

24th – No School – Enjoy Thanksgiving with your family and friends.

25th – Pictures due back and will be passed out November 29th.

 

Usborne Book Fair

Tomorrow is the last day to visit the Usborne Book Fair.  It is being held before and after school in the aframe annex.  The teachers will be able to obtain books for their rooms based upon the purchases.  We receive 50% of the sales in free books.  Last year the teachers were able to pick up some wonderful books.   Now is the perfect time to order books for Christmas giving.

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Also – we have one parent who requested to send in a late order for our Original Works fundraiser.  If anyone else wants to turn in a late order, it must be turned in by tomorrow!

Sunday Halloween Fun

Come join us this Sunday, October 30, from 4:00 until 6:30 p.m. for a safe, fun Halloween event at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.  All activities are held inside the Billy and Ann Still Life Center, except for Trunk or Treating in the parking lot.  

009This event is for kids of all ages.  There will be a Haunted House for the bigger kids or those brave young ones.  We will have trick or treating inside and outside.  The preschool kids have created crafts to decorate our trick or treat door.  Kiddos – Come find your bat as we are all “batty about preschool”. 

Enjoy fun games, crafts and cupcake decorating. Dinner will be available….Nachos, Hot dogs & Sodas will be only $1.00 each, and dessert is free!007

October Calendar

Fall has arrived and we are all looking forward to the cool weather.  Here are a few reminders of the happenings in October.

Oct 6 – Nutritional breakfast

Oct 6 – Last day to pay tuition before fall break!

original-worksOct 6 – Orders due back for Original Works Fundraiser!

Oct 10-14 – Fall Break – ENJOY TIME WITH YOUR FAMILY DISCOVERING THE WONDERS OF FALL

October 6 – 20 – Register for second session of Whiz Kids

October 18 – Absolute deadline for Original Works fundraiser

October 26 – Second Session Whiz Kids begins 

October 27 – Fall Festival/Halloween celebration during the school day


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Zoo visit & customized shirts!

What is the next best thing to visiting cute, not so little, Nandi at the Reid Park Zoo.  Well, a visit from the zoo, of course.  We are excited to be able to share with our children the Zoo to You Outreach Program from the Reid Park Zoo.   We will be learning all about the animals and will feature a visit from some live animals.   This fun experience will take place in November.  To help pay for the cost of this visit, one of our parents, Jenny Cotter, is volunteering her time and purchasing the supplies to create one of a kind special shirts for our kiddos.  The shirts cost $10 each and you may choose one of three colors and 3 designs.  Jenny will be taking orders before and after school this week.

Colorful, wonderful world of preschool

We have had so much fun these past several weeks.  The time is flying by.  The Suns and Crayon Kids continue to enjoy color weeks with red erupting volcanoes, yellow cornmeal play and green science fun.  It has also been fun to eat foods that are the color of the week. Our pre-k bunch was full of spots during Dot Day, and continue to enjoy dress up, building, science, painting and creating, while also working hard in their learning centers.  Big and littles both experimented with blending colors and Wednesdays Whiz Kids used the sun to cook some yummy s’mores, and discovered what will roll down our ramps.

We are learning the pledge and how to take care of our earth.  The kiddos have enjoyed sharing about their families and pets as well. We had our first Chapel Time with Miss Meredith and learned about the Golden Rule.  The kiddos love visiting Mr. Sam’s exercise class and running laps on Wednesdays.  Fall planting has also begun as we planted spinach, carrots, beans, basil and our first ever attempt at growing a blueberry plant.  Let’s hope for success.

Don’t forget to check out your child’s Shutterfly page for more class info and tons of pictures.

Reserve Childcare for Parent Night

Coming Soon……..Parent Night….August 31 at 6:00 p.m.

Parent night is an opportunity for parents to meet with their child’s teacher to learn about the curriculum and all the activities in their child’s classroom.

Parents – This is your night. If you wish to bring your children, care will be provided for the evening for children 18 months and older.  Babies may be taken into the classroom, however, there will not be room for strollers.

To reserve a spot for childcare, please complete the yellow form or text the Director by tomorrow, August 25.   To help offset the cost of childcare, we appreciate a donation of $5 per family.  Thank you.  We look forward to seeing everyone next Wednesday.